Brush Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The campground is located on the shores of Brush Lake, which is entirely surrounded by National Forest System lands. There is a drive-in boat launch on the eastern shore of the river and a smaller carry-in boat launch in the campground. This site is very popular with anglers and hunters. It is also a popular wildlife viewing area and a good stop for viewing fall colors.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Maintained from May 1 to September 30.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee -

Day Use -

  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00

Camping -

  • Per Night: $10.00
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Open Season: May 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: May to September
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping

Camping in Developed Recreation Areas

  • Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
  • Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
  • Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
  • Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
  • Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
  • Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
  • Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.

Being publicly nude

Storing Watercraft

  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.


  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Woodville
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631

General Information


From White Cloud -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 2.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on Monroe St./Old M-20 for 6 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on Poplar Ave. for 3.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on 6 Mile Rd. for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on FR 5534, road terminates at site.

General Notes:

Location - Brush Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary

County - Newaygo

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated during the off season.
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No toilet facilities are available.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Trash Can
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 7

RV Camping

Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Pavement Type of ParkingGravel
Vehicle ClearenceHigh
No. of SitesSingle: 7
Size Restrictions35 Ft. or less


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Water Activities

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Boat ramp Gravel